U.S. Ambassador To ASEAN David Carden Rejoins Jones Day As Partner-in-Charge Of Asia; Firm Announces Australian Expansion

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 13:35

The global law firm Jones Day has announced that David Carden, the United States’ first Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), will re-join the firm, based in Singapore, as partner-in-charge of Asia. He was a partner based in New York and co-head of Jones Day's Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice prior to confirmation of his ambassadorship in March of 2011. 

"We are fortunate to welcome David back to the Firm following his service as the United States Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations," said Steve Brogan, managing partner of Jones Day. "In addition to his direct dealings with the 10 ASEAN nations, he gained experience across Asia, where he is broadly recognized for his effective and creative diplomacy. As such, David will be a great asset, not only to Jones Day, but to our clients across the region. Singapore serves as the hub of our work in the growing economies throughout South and Southeast Asia. From Singapore, David will be ideally situated to work with clients and governments throughout Asia." 

As the U.S. ambassador, Ambassador Carden oversaw the broadening engagement of the United States in Southeast Asia, which included the Obama Administration's 2011 "pivot" or "rebalance" to the region. He was based in the U.S. Mission to ASEAN in Jakarta, but traveled regularly throughout ASEAN's ten Member States and Asia. His responsibilities included engaging with and supporting ASEAN as it moves toward economic integration in 2015, and addresses the many issues on its broad and ambitious agenda. In doing so, he advocated for the systemic changes necessary to promote the peaceful and prosperous growth of the region. 

Ambassador Carden also has been and remains a strong advocate for business in the region. He recognizes that only by developing the rule of law will Southeast Asia realize its full potential. The investment necessary for ASEAN to realize its aspirations will require greater transparency, predictability, and fairness. In addition, only by increasing public confidence in the ASEAN member states' adherence to the rule of law will the region enjoy long-term sustainable growth. 

The U.S. Mission to ASEAN, which tripled in size during Ambassador Carden's tenure, encouraged decision making in the ASEAN member states and in the region based upon better information. To this end, Ambassador Carden hired the first-ever science advisor to be posted in an American Embassy or Mission, and advocated successfully for the creation of an ASEAN Fulbright Scholarship Program. The Mission also created an ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Program during his time as Ambassador. 

In recognition of his efforts, Ambassador Carden was awarded the Department of State's Superior Honor Award in December 2013. 

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The global law firm Jones Day has announced that it will open an office in Perth, the mining and energy center of Australia, in April of this year. The Perth Office will initially focus on projects and project-related disputes, with an emphasis in the energy sector. The Perth office will be Jones Day's second office in Australia and its 41st worldwide. Jones Day's Sydney office opened in 1998 and now has more than 40 lawyers who practice in a variety of transactional and dispute-related matters.

Stephen Brogan, Jones Day's managing partner, said: "Jones Day continues to believe in the growing importance of Australia to the advancement of the global economy. In the next decade, Western Australia in particular will play a critical role in supplying the energy and other commodity needs of Asia. If economic advancement is to benefit the largest number of people in Asia, then access to Australia's resources will be essential.”

When Jones Day opens in Perth, Stephen McComish, a lawyer with 20 years experience in construction, engineering, mining, and oil and gas litigation, will join as partner. He was previously a partner at Allens Linklaters since 2004. Having litigated in a wide range of commercial disputes, alternative dispute resolution, contract negotiation, and international arbitration matters, the Perth-born and educated Mr. McComish is a well-known projects litigator in Perth. He'll join a firm with substantial experience in some of the most prominent and complex projects, vigorously representing clients in dispute resolution proceedings in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and Latin America.